The Princess of Wales’s Royal Regiment
In 1992, following Options for Change, The Queen’s and Royal Hampshire Regiments merged to become The Princess of Wales’s Royal Regiment (Queen’s and Royal Hampshires), (PWRR). The Queen’s had three regular battalions and The Royal Hampshires one. The PWRR formed with two regular battalions. To further complicate matters two Queen’s battalions were serving abroad, one in BAOR the other in Cyprus, and the other Queen’s battalion based in Canterbury had been earmarked for a Falklands tour, 1st Bn The Royal Hampshires were in Colchester.
The decision was taken to centralise all the silver belonging to the Regiment at Howe Barracks, Canterbury where a new allocation of silver was made. The only building large enough to accommodate the silver and paintings of the Regiment was the MT hangar, where a guard was mounted for the period whilst the silver was checked and re-distributed. Once again heart breaking decisions had to be taken, which piece to be retained, which piece to be disposed of. Further silver sales were held.